Haley & Aldrich recognized for outstanding work in historic preservation with Preservation Achievement Awards
Published on: October 21, 2016
Burlington, MA (October 24, 2016) – Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting firm, announced today that The Boston Preservation Alliance has recognized the firm with Preservation Achievement Awards for its contributions to three Boston-based projects – Burnham Building, Godfrey Hotel, and Lovejoy Wharf. The Boston Preservation Alliance presents the awards annually to honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston.
“It’s an honor to be recognized for our contribution to the preservation of these historic buildings in our community,” said Joel Mooney, P.E., L.S.P., Senior Vice President and General Manager of Haley & Aldrich’s Real Estate Business Unit. “As a result of our many years working in Boston, in addition to collaborating with our clients and local stakeholders, we were able to bring creative ideas to solve challenging problems on time, in compliance and often below the expected cost.”
This is the fourth consecutive year The Boston Preservation Alliance has recognized Haley & Aldrich’s work, including their contributions in 2014 to the LogMeIn Corporate Headquarters, in 2013 to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and in 2011 to the Modern Theatre and Atlantic Wharf.
The recipients of the 2016 Preservation Achievement Awards will be recognized at a ceremony on October 24, 2016 at the Paramount Center in Boston.
Haley & Aldrich’s role in the projects recognized:
The Burnham Building project team was faced with preserving the age and character of the iconic former Filene’s Basement Store building during its recent renovation. Due to its age, the historic structure didn’t meet current codes and standards. With its location in Downtown Crossing, the site was very tight for the restoration work. The schedule was compressed by deadlines in tenant agreements. Further complicating the process, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) was initiating early work within the building’s basement which would improve access to its adjacent subway station.
Because of the complexity of the construction and need to preserve the Burnham’s historic architecture, Haley & Aldrich and the team approached the project holistically – taking into consideration the many co-dependencies, stakeholders and potential issues that could arise. Haley & Aldrich staff collaborated with stakeholders including the MBTA, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Groundwater Trust, and utility companies in order to satisfy compliance requirements without negatively impacting the Burnham. Haley & Aldrich completed their aspect of the project despite the numerous constraints and on budget.
The Godfrey Hotel
Around the corner from the Burnham, Haley & Aldrich and other project team members were tasked with combining two historic buildings to create a new boutique Godfrey Hotel. In order to turn the buildings into a single hotel, Haley & Aldrich identified that a high-capacity foundation in the deep double basement was necessary to accommodate the changes. Additionally, the site access was very limited, with MBTA subway tunnel entrances on two sides, an abutting building on one side and a narrow street with utilities on another. These conditions made the foundation design and installation particularly difficult. Also, in such a scenario, a time consuming and expensive foundation load test is typically conducted. Haley & Aldrich drew on our geotechnical expertise and experience from other load tests to work directly with city officials to fulfill building code requirements without performing a load test. As a result, the client realized significant cost savings and met the project schedule.
Sitting on 3,000 timber piles along the shoreline of Boston’s Inner Harbor, the Lovejoy Wharf building had deteriorated from a lack of maintenance for decades. The building was also not up to seismic code and the basement flooded during high tide. Typically, with this type of property a completely new foundation system is installed, but Haley & Aldrich concluded that the existing timber pile system could be reused for the new foundation. In addition, Haley & Aldrich collaborated with the project team to bring the building, now Converse’s global headquarters, up to seismic code.
Waterproofing the basement in order to return it to a productive storage and mechanical space was also a major challenge. The project team accomplished this through localized injection grouting and installation of an exterior seepage cut-off wall along the water’s edge, including drainage along the basement wall and over the mat slab.
Overall Haley & Aldrich’s work on the project helped to preserve the historic structure and saved the client time and money by re-using the historic foundation.
About Haley & Aldrich
Haley & Aldrich, Inc., is committed to delivering the value our clients need from their capital, operations, and environmental projects. Our one-team approach allows us to draw from our 600 engineers, scientists, and constructors in nearly 30 offices for creative collaboration and expert perspectives. Since our founding in 1957, we have one goal in all we do: deliver long-term value efficiently, no matter how straightforward or complex the challenge.